Submarines: Manpower

Defence written question – answered on 15th July 2008.

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Photo of Patrick Mercer Patrick Mercer Conservative, Newark

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps are being taken to increase the number of suitably qualified submarine warfare officers and ratings in naval service.

Photo of Derek Twigg Derek Twigg Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence) (Veterans)

Addressing manning shortfalls within the Submarine Service is a key personnel priority. The entire Submarine Service recruiting process has been re-invigorated and its profile raised. Additional people are now in the training pipeline. Work continues to promote recruiting from General Service for both officers, from suitable junior and senior rates, and ratings. Retention measures are being exploited and financial packages updated. These include:

£7,500 Submarine 'Golden Hello' for transferees from the General Service;

£5,500 commitment bonus for specific submarine branches at the five year point;

£1,000 'recruit an oppo' bounty for individuals who recruit someone to specific submarine branches;

£5,000 submarine 'Golden Hello' for new recruits when they complete their training and are awarded their Dolphins.

£25,000 submarine warfare officer financial retention initiative which is payable on qualifying as a Watchleader.

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